Country road, take me home…

Our favorite pastime, since we moved to a small town in southern Colorado, is to take off on some county road just to see where it goes.  This morning, on our way back from La Veta, I took a few photos that show exactly how nice it is down here… DSCF0689

Along County Road 510, on the way to the land we plan to build on soon, there is a cool adobe ruin…  DSCF0696

Then we got to our land and I finally walked all the way around it!  We had record rain in July here, so at the bottom of the hill I found this lovely grouping of wildflowers and deadwood: DSCF0712

This was our view on the way back to Highway 160.  Loved the shadow of the clouds on the mountains…  DSCF0724

Life’s romantic challenges…

Don’t we all want to make the perfect match, and then live happily ever after?  The only problem with that plan is that life will get in the way.  It always does.

You would probably not believe the number of romantic challenges Mike and I have faced in the past year. The year began with a possible plan to move to Ecuador to save money. That plan fell through for a number of reasons, when I went to Cuenca for a short visit last September.

View from our landPlan B was to find a reasonably priced piece of land in southern Colorado with a great view.  We achieved that goal fairly easily.

The hard part was emptying out our present home in Fort Collins, fixing it up, staging it, selling it and then moving all of our earthly possessions to a small rental in a town in southern Colorado.  If you don’t see a few major romantic challenges there, you have no experience in relationships!

Stress equals arguments.  Change equals disagreements… that’s about the size of it.

Mike + Laura small versionNow we face what some tell me is the greatest challenge of all, building a new home together.

We just got a permit to start building a solar home on the land pictured above…              wish us both luck!

Romance and Reality

There’s romance and then there’s reality!

I was just telling a friend of mine about how Mike and I met over nine years.  But ere you think it was all a dream-like romantic fantasy, let me set you straight.

I like romance as much as the next girl.  Of course I liked the fact that Mike drove up in a beautiful, clean red truck and pretty much swept me off my feet by opening the door for me to enter.  Of course I wanted to believe that he was as nice and honest as he appeared, but I also had some experience with online dating and I know how to do my research!

One previous experience taught me that people are not always what they seem.  On an E-Harmony date the previous year I met a man who I loved talking to, so he suggested that we get together the next day for lunch.  After that I never heard another peep out of him, even though I left numerous messages.  He vaporized!

So the next day, after Mike and I’s ten hour first date(!), I called him up and said I wanted to see where he lived… ( just to make sure he didn’t have a wife and kids, you know!)  After that went well, I looked up our county property records online to see if he actually owned the home he said he owned.

There’s romance and then there’s reality, and some are more challenged by these concepts than others… I may believe in love, but I also believe in doing my research!

What does your smell reveal?

Bugs do it. Pigs do it… but do we do it?

Would you select your next lover based solely on their smell?

Learn more about pheromone parties and how they work!

ON THE OTHER HAND… hope you didn’t miss this study:

A study conducted by UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle.

For example: If she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features. However, if she is menstruating, or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with duct tape over his mouth and a spear lodged in his chest while he is on fire.

No further studies are expected.

Will you ever believe in love again?

On a whim, I decided to offer my ‘love’ e-book for free on Kindle for a few days last week.  Generally I don’t believe in giving my work away for free, but I gave it a try.  Some say it helps sales in the long run…

I was quite surprised to find out how quickly everyone discovered it was free.  I gave away 780 copies in 3 days!  This answered my question: Can others relate to the idea of losing faith in love?  Apparently many can relate.

Now I wonder how many of those who downloaded my book actually read it.  Your honest feedback is always welcomed!  Feel free to e-mail me at anytime!

If you live long enough, none of us go unscathed.  A broken heart is a common occurrence.  What may not be as common is a healthy recovery, one where the heart is finally healed and ready to love again.

It is not easy to emerge from heart-break with enough energy and trust to love again.  I found a way to get beyond my own pain and disillusionment, and that is why I wrote this book.

After years of licking my wounds and not really trusting anyone, I moved on to my best love ever!  I hope you can too.